Seminar Information

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Location: Bost Theater, MSU Campus
This come-and-go event is free and open to the public. No registration required.
Co-Sponsored by: Work-Life Balance Committee and Staff Council
Contact Information: Meg Arnold –

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Time Session Title Speaker
9:00 – 9:50 a.m. Estate Planning for Seniors W. David Dunn
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. Preparing to Care Bonnie Carew
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Caring for the Caregiver Ann Sansing
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Common Childhood Illnesses and
What Parents Can Do to Help
Ellen McGuffey
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Sleep and Your Child Lori Staton
3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Cyberbullying Tabor Mullen

Session Details

9:00-9:50am – Estate Planning for Seniors – W. David Dunn

This presentation will provide answers to many of the questions seniors ask, including:

  • What is an estate plan, and why do I need one?
  • What is a power of attorney, and why do I need one?
  • What is a conservatorship? How can I avoid it?
  • What is an advanced health care directive, and what can it do for me?
  • What is a last will and testament?

W. DAVID DUNNW. DAVID DUNN of Dunn, & Hemphill, P. A. has been engaged in the private practice of law from his office in Columbus, Mississippi, for almost forty years. His practice includes estate planning, elder law, long-term care/asset protection, special needs planning, probate and administration, and business formation and law. He is admitted to practice before all Mississippi State and federal courts as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Dunn received his B.A. (1970) and J.D. (1974) degrees from the University of Mississippi. He is a member of The Mississippi Bar (member, Estates and Trusts Section), the Lowndes County Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the North Mississippi Planned Giving Council and the National and Mississippi Councils of School Board Attorneys. Mr. Dunn served in the Marine Corp Reserves 1970-1974 and the Army Reserves 1974-1976. Mr. Dunn is married to Dr. Cherry Watkins Dunn, Assistant Professor of Voice at Mississippi University for Women, and they have two daughters and four grandchildren. Mr. Dunn’s hobbies include road bicycling, reading, all things coffee, artisan bread baking and his big standard poodle, Toby.

10:00-10:50am – Preparing to Care – Bonnie Carew

Preparing to Care is a workshop to help you assist older family members or friends plan to address their future needs. The workshop addresses how you can be of help in understanding the needs, wishes, and resources of an older adult in response to potential future happenings. The workshop will also benefit those who are beginning to think about their own later years. Participants will leave with an AARP developed guidebook to help them towards those sometimes difficult discussions and to record important information helpful for future planning and care.

BONNIE CAREWBONNIE CAREW serves as the Rural Health Program Leader for Mississippi State University Extension Service. In that role, she directs a variety of projects targeted at improving rural health conditions and outcomes across the state. She directed the Smart Aging: Healthy Futures program that sought to help rural communities foster the healthy aging of their senior populations. Most recently she led community engagement projects focused on preventing and reducing obesity in the Delta and on the prevention, detection, and ability to live with cancer in Winston County. She also serves as Director of the Rural Medical Scholars program for high school students interested in becoming physicians. Additionally, she is a liaison to the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Rural Health Association. Prior to joining Extension, Bonnie managed a health research program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has 15 years of management and marketing experience in private industry. She holds masters’ degrees in business administration and health education and a Ph. D. in Public Policy and Administration.

11:00-11:50am – Caring for the Caregiver – Ann Sansing

Caring for the Caregiver is a workshop to help those who provide assistance to aging family members or friends. The primary focus is on how to insure you care for yourself so that you can help others. The workshop will focus on self-care behaviors, identifying and reducing personal stress, communicating for better understanding, problem solving, and developing action plans. Utilizing and finding community resources along with a description of various services provided will be highlighted. Information addressing caregiver topics will be available for participants to take home for furthering their knowledge. This workshop should be helpful to anyone at any stage of the caregiving cycle that is providing care for an aging spouse, parent, friend, or other family member.

ANN SANSINGANN SANSING currently serves as Extension Community Health Coordinator providing support and training to local health coalitions, recruiting and training Master Health Education Volunteers, and serving as assistant director of Rural Medical Scholars, a summer program to encourage high school students to pursue medical careers. She has worked extensively with the aging population in the volunteer program and in community engagement work across the state. Ann began her career with Mississippi State University Extension Service working with business and industry groups throughout Mississippi to expand and grow their businesses while serving in a marketing coordinator and project manager role. Her networking and leadership skills over the past twenty- two years have provided numerous opportunities to engage in building relationships that foster economic development and well-being. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology from Mississippi State University with additional coursework in the field of gerontology.

1:00-1:50pm – Common Childhood Illnesses and What Parents Can Do to Help – Ellen McGuffey

In her presentation, Ellen McGuffey will discuss what she affectionately refers to as “Granny Clampett’s Cure for the Common Cold.” Information and resources will be provided on common illnesses, especially those that occur during the fall and winter seasons. Specific topics will include:

  • Colds versus flu: including the signs and symptoms commonly seen in both illnesses and treatment options appropriate for young children to young adults
  • Coughs, fever and ways to help make your child and you more comfortable
  • RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), croup, sore throats
  • When to seek medical evaluation and treatment
  • Websites of interest for parents that provide good solid information on various issues encountered throughout a child’s life

ELLEN MCGUFFEYELLEN MCGUFFEY attended Auburn University for pre-nursing. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Nursing and a graduate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB not that other one in Tuscaloosa!!) where she received her MSN in Adult Health/Trauma and MSN in Primary Care/Pediatrics. Throughout her career, she has worked in various areas of nursing including hospital Med/Surg and Post-OP Recovery, nursing instructor for Practical Nursing program (South Carolina) and at MUW in the BSN program. Since 1995, she has been employed with the Starkville Pediatric Clinic as the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Through the years, she has provided inservices for different groups about topics related to children and their illnesses and development. She teaches an infant-care class at Emerson Family Center in Starkville and is a certified Childcare Health Consultant. She enjoys providing information to persons on ways to better insure and improve the health of children and families.

2:00-2:50 p.m. – Sleep and Your Child – Lori Staton

The presentation will focus on understanding sleep in the context of family functioning and the broader socio-cultural milieu. We will discuss barriers to obtaining good, quality sleep that often plague families while also highlighting the importance of sleep across the lifespan for health, cognitive, social, and emotional domains. Discussions will include the most up to date research on sleep hygiene tips for all members of the family.

LORI STATONLORI STATON is an assistant professor in the College of Human Sciences. She is a graduate of Auburn University where she received her doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Before coming to MSU, Dr. Staton was a research associate at the Sleep, Health and Development Lab for over 10 years. She has evaluated sleep and sleep problems for more than 1,000 children and their families. Since coming to MSU, she and Dr. Cassandra Kirkland developed a parent training course focused on improving family functioning, sleep in the family, and children’s academic readiness. She is also an associate editor for the Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, and is involved in a number of service projects aimed to improve the health and well-being of children and families.

3:00-3:50 p.m. – Cyber Bullying – Tabor Mullen

This presentation will be an overview of Cyber Bulling and related internet crimes.

TABOR MULLENTABOR MULLEN currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Students in the Office of the Dean of Students Office at Mississippi State University. His primary responsibilities are overseeing the student conduct process through upholding the Code of Student Conduct and accessing behavioral issues within the MSU community. He alsoas manages the operations of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), Student Association Senate advisor, Off-campus services, Organizational Risk Management for all organizations holding on-campus functions.

Tabor graduated from Mississippi State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and completed his Masters in Counselor Education/Student Affairs in Higher Education in 2006. He is currently pursuing his terminal degree. In May of 2006, he was hired at Texas A&M University in the Department of Housing and Residents life as a hall director responsible for the overall management of two residential halls. Tabor returned to Mississippi State University in 2008 to the Dean of Students Office.